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Vincent Michels "Vince" Graaff
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Birth: Jun. 1, 1927
Kittitas County
Washington, USA
Death: Feb. 1, 2013
Kittitas County
Washington, USA


Vincent M. Graaff born June 1, 1927 passed away February 1, 2013 at the age of 85. Vincent was one of 16 children born to Frank and Mary Margaret (May) Graaff, growing up on his family's Denmark area farm in Kittitas, WA.

As a teenager, Vince left high school early and worked with his father at the Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver, WA, building Liberty ships. The next year he joined the Army and served our country during WWII. Upon returning from overseas two years later he took up the trade as a carpenter and bricklayer, which later led him to start his own concrete contracting business. He married the love of his life, Joyce Murphy, in August of 1948 and shortly after started a family. During their time together, he took care of his family by doing construction jobs throughout northwest, teaching his sons his craft. In 1981, when the housing market fell, they moved to Brookings, OR to remodel and manage the Pine Cone Theatre. While there, Joyce passed away in March, 1983, prompting Vince to return to Ellensburg. Vince was a beloved father, grandfather and mentor and will be remembered by many for his quick wit, sense of humor and strong work ethic.

Vince is survived by his sister, Mildred Marx, his 6 sons and 2 daughters and their spouses & partners: Dan (Janet), Ron (Mari), Keith, Gordon (Barbara), Dean (Deborah), Teresa (Mitchell), Diane (Shari), Joe (Jenny); 8 grandchildren: Michelle, Cori, Paul, Jacob, Kristin, Rachelle, Allison, and Tenley, and 3 great-grandchildren: Quinn, Merrill, and Garrett.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's Catholic Church on Saturday, March 2nd, 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Daily Record (online) February 13 - February 20, 2013
Family links: 
  Frank Aloyisus Graaff (1888 - 1955)
  Mary Margaret Michels Graaff (1891 - 1985)
  Joyce Delores Murphy Graaff (1930 - 1983)
  Frances Graaff Severin (1918 - 2000)*
  Gerald O'Connor Graaff (1919 - 1982)*
  Mildred Irene Graaff Marx (1922 - 2016)*
  Agnes C. Graaff Mohan (1923 - 2000)*
  Vincent Michels Graaff (1927 - 2013)
  Louis Kevin Graaff (1929 - 1931)*
  Bernadette M. Graaff Smith (1932 - 2001)*
*Calculated relationship
Holy Cross Cemetery
Kittitas County
Washington, USA
Created by: Shelli Steedman
Record added: May 23, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 111068264
Vincent Michels Vince Graaff
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Vincent Michels Vince Graaff
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Vincent Michels Vince Graaff
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- Shelli Steedman
 Added: May. 23, 2013

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